NATIONAL
Broadcasting
Commission, NBC, has
threatened to revoke the
licence of both private and
public stations which has
failed in paying their licence
fee to the commission.
Director General of
the commission, Is’haq
Modibbo Kawu disclosed
this yesterday during a
press conference in Abuja.
He also said that the
commission has given
all stations till the end of
March 2017 to pay up their
license fees or face the
consequences.
This is even as the
commission has revoked
the licence of 54 broadcast
stations which had refused
to pay their fees within the
mandatory 60-day window.
Kawu explained that
while every licence issued
by NBC was provisional
and could be withdrawn
at any point, stations carry
on as if they owned those
licences and could do as
they pleased.
“At our stakeholders
conference with broadcast
organisations, I had
informed stations of a
persistent pattern of refusal
to pay license fees. Stations
around Nigeria owe the
NBC over N5Billion.
“Even the statutory act
of informing NBC, six
months before expiration
of licenses and signification
of intention to continue as
licences is wilfully ignored
by stations.
“Licence fees are in
arrears; there is no plan by
many of these stations to
pay while some even have
the temerity to write NBC,
the regulatory institution,
that the amount they are
obliged to pay is too much,
consequently, they then
tell us how much they are
willing to pay, and even
adding the time they are
going to pay such sums that
they have decided to pay,”
he said.
He stressed that this is
a new era at the NBC and
in Nigeria, adding that
cases where some private
station owners use political
connections with the top
most political leadership
the country in the past,
to get illegal and undue
favours that run contrary
to the NBC Act and the
Nigeria Broadcasting Code
would not be condoned.
“Over the past two weeks,
I gave directive that the
licenses of 54 companies
that were issued licenses but
had refused to pay their fees
within the mandatory 60-day
window be revoked.
“And those licenses are
revoked! There is another list
of over 120 licences that were
paid within the mandatory
period but were unable
to come on air, within the
mandatory two years; they
are also being processed for
revocation. And they will
be revoked! Frequencies
cannot be held indefinitely by
individuals.
“We are delighted that
Nigerians are investing
in setting up radio and
television stations; they
create jobs; open up accesses
for content producers to
showcase talents and are
contributing to national
development. But no one has
a right to hold on to allocated
frequencies indefinitely, when
the resource itself is finite and
there are other people waiting
and ready to make use of
those frequencies,” he said.
On Digital Switch Over,
DSO, he said the June 2017
deadline remains sacrosanct.
“The next phase is our plan
for the six states that we have
chosen to switch on. As I
address you today, Pinnacle
Communications Limited has
commenced the installation
of the facilities for Kaduna. I
was there to inspect the work
being done at the weekend.
“Our colleagues can go to
the site on Rabah Road, in
Kaduna to verify that work is
advancing very rapidly there.
They have also concluded
plans for Delta and Gombe
States while the second signal
distributor, ITS, will similarly
mobilise into Kwara, Enugu
and Osun States,” he added.

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